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Two men in custody for last week’s murder
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 24, 2008 | 3262 views | 6 6 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jones County man is dead at the hands of two of his neighbors in what appears to be a robbery and kidnapping gone awry.

The body of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens was found by a deputy performing a welfare check initiated by the victim’s sister. When Deputy Travis Douglas arrived at Kitchens’ home located on Hungerford Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, he noticed the back door pulled open and evidence of foul play.

The deputy called for investigators and the coroner. Capt. Earl Humphries said Terrence Sanchez Burney, 18, and Tyrone Terrill Richardson, 20, both with addresses on Hungerford Road, were arrested and charged with burglary, kidnapping, and murder.

Humphries said Burney was arrested around 6:30 p.m. on the 17th and Richardson at 9 p.m. the same day.

Sheriff Butch Reece said the suspects’ stories about the crime has been changing, but at this point, he believes the two men went to the house Oct. 11, broke in and took some items, and then waited outside for Kitchens to return.

“When he came home, they tied his hands and took him into the house,” Reece said. “They taped him to a chair, the house was ransacked, and they left him there.”

The sheriff said the suspects are saying they thought someone would find Kitchens. Humphries said, because of the victim’s age and his reported medical condition, he was unable to escape and succumbed to his death.

The victim was found in the living room of his house bound by duct tape to a straight-backed chair.

“We believe the motive was to sell the stolen items and buy dope to sell. One of the suspects needed money to pay an attorney,” Reece explained.

The sheriff said Kitchens had relatives who live next door, but the man was a loner, and his family respected his privacy.

The way the suspects were connected to the crime could be a television episode of ‘CSI’ or ‘Law and Order’. Several of the items taken from the house were firearms, and Richardson was stopped on North Cross Road at 3 a.m. Oct. 14 by Deputy Dusty Harris with the weapons in his car.

Richardson was taken into custody, and the four long guns, two shotguns and two rifles were seized. Officers could find no record of the firearms being stolen, and Richardson was released. The guns were kept.

“We thought maybe someone was out of town and hadn’t realized the guns were stolen, so we were waiting for a report,” Humphries said.

The captain said the crime scene had plenty of fingerprints, and about an hour into the crime scene investigation of Kitchens’ home, ammunition was found, but no guns. Investigators recalled the seized long guns and picked up Richardson.

“We were pleased it only took a few hours to find the people responsible. Now it’s a matter of wrapping up the details,” Humphries said.
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wake up
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October 31, 2008
"why can't people get a job and earn their money like a civilized human instead of acting like animals?" Because a civilized society realizes that proper health care from the moment of conception is necessary for healthy brain development. These boys sound like mentally ill psychopaths who aren't capable of feeling the pain that they inflict on their victims. What causes the mental illness that results in psychopathic behavior? The only way we will know is by having an open mind that allows us to go past the simplistic judgement of right and wrong and realize that in order to make good decisions and have proper judgement, one needs to have a well developed mind. A well developed mind is the result of having caring parents who are educated in child nutrition and are willing to spend the necessary time to teach thier child civilized and compassionate behavior.
puddy tang
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October 28, 2008
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY, BUT... A C.S.I EPISODE, REALLY NOW!! WE HAVE PEOPLE IN JAIL THAT HAVE WAITED 7 OR 8 MONTHS JUST TO GO TO COURT, THEY DO NOT RECIEVE ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE EVEN FOR SERIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS, HOW CAN YOU COMPARE WHAT THEY HAVE TO C.S.I? IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN WHO KILLED MR. GRIFF, HORATIO?
Vicious Cycle
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October 26, 2008
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Kitchen family. It is with no disrespect that I say this is a crime that the town of Gray has somewhat been under the radar. "WAKE UP," Say what you like, but if we don't give these young people something to occupy their minds, then we must give them something to fear.this will only get worse. I was once a JC teen living the s another case of society
anonymous
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October 25, 2008
It's so sad that people that you know would do a thing like this.But GOD has a plan for everyone so hopefully they can think life over again til then keep it pimpn pimp.
Hometown Girl
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October 25, 2008
I think this is a great time to turn to public hanging. I am so sick of senseless things like this from people. Where are their parents? or is it too late for them to respect their families or others. Such malice attitudes and to read that they lived on the same road. Show them, the community and the world that they can not just get away with something like this and "sit" in jail and enjoy "life"...reverse the crime to show them how it feels to be taped and tied and left to die. Turn to no tolerance and this will start to set an example for others.
anonymous
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October 25, 2008
I think that those two boys should be made a example of that you just cant go in peoples houses and steal much less kill the man that is wrong and the judicial system needs to prove its self and sentence those boys to death for what they did,why cant people get a job and earn their money like a civilized human instead of acting like animals.Prove to this county that this sort of nature will not be tolerated before someone else gets their idea and makes this county one you dont want to live in.We the voters voted you to do your job now we expect you to do it.

Concerned citizen